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Research has clearly demonstrated that late effects contribute to a high burden of morbidity among adults treated for cancer during childhood:[2,9-11]The Children's Oncology Group has many details about some of the specific problems here. Both Esther and Thomas will likely experience at least one of these late side effects due to the severity of their treatments. Esther will probably experience several. Exposing my "soft underbelly" as some friends like to explain it, I'll casually state I'll take her. But, I am having a hard time actually accepting that there will be lifelong follow up. Just in the next few weeks Esther has four appointments to address some treatment related issues. Those will likely lead to more. I just want it to be a big thing that happened and shaped us and is in the past, not something that continues...that's another post for another day. Back to research....
- 60% to more than 90% develop one or more chronic health conditions.
- 20% to 80% experience severe or life-threatening complications during adulthood.
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